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Celebration of Life Dinner to Benefit Local Woman

on November 26, 2018 4:00 AM

A Celebration of Life potluck dinner will be held Thursday for a Philipsburg woman who survived cardiac arrest earlier this year.

The dinner, in support of Michelle Corey, will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the social of the Friends Meeting house, 611 E. Prospect Ave., State College. Attendees are asked to bring a dish of their choice to share, a serving utensil and a $5 donation. Yard sale items and keepsake mementos also will be available for additional donations.

Corey, a 1997 Bellefonte Area High School graduate, survived a cardiac arrest on June 24 while working at the Philipsburg McDonald's.  She became dizzy, collapsed, suffered a seizure from the lack of oxygen and blood flow, was turning blue at the neck and was brought back to life by Moshannon Valley paramedics with the help of CPR and several shocks from an automated external defibrillator.  Her heart was very weak, she was still unresponsive and couldn't breathe on her own. 

She was transported by ambulance to Mount Nittany Medical Centerv was in a hyperbaric coma. Doctors placed coils within her body to cool her down to limit damage to her organs, tissues and brain.  On the night of her birthday, June 27, and the day after, she began to show signs of waking up.  he then went through surgery to receive an implanted titanium pacemaker/defibrillator that delivers shocks to return her heart to a regular rhythm, which is being tracked on a heart monitor.  Her chance of survival was only 15 percent.

Corey was the only female survivor recognized at the Cardiac Arrest Association dinner, held at Mount Nittany Medical Center on Nov. 12, 2018. It honored four survivors and one who didn't survive and their paramedic, police and firefighter heroes of the last six months. She has not been able to return to work, impacting her finances.

She previously resided in State College and worked at the Sam's Club in College Township.

A member of the board of trustees for the Philipsburg Historical Foundation, Corey also is working on a 2020 calendar on the history of Philipsburg to feature past and present photos of the town with a brief history of each location and plans to continue making them, for her benefit the first year and to benefit the Historical Foundation in the years to come. Purchase price will be approximately $10 each when completed.

She hopes if Thursday's dinner is successful, to continue hosting dinners to benefit other survivors of cardiac arrest, who may be in the same circumstances financially.

Those who are unable to attend the event, but would like to donate money or yard sale items, volunteer at future dinners for other survivors, have an interest in the historical calendars, or would like to keep in touch with her can contact Corey at 814-342-1446.

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